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11:00 AM ET, February 19, 2010


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New York Times:
Obama to Offer Health Bill to Ease Impasse as Bipartisan Meeting Approaches  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will put forward comprehensive health care legislation intended to bridge differences between Senate and House Democrats ahead of a summit meeting with Republicans next week …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Sebelius: White House may fight for public option in health bill  —  The White House is willing to make a push for the public option if Senate Democrats decide to bring it up for a vote, Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said tonight.  —  Eighteen Senators have signed …
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Obama to get specific on healthcare legislation
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Max Bergmann / Think Progress:
Scott Brown Yawns At Plane Attack On IRS Building: ‘No One Likes Paying Taxes’  —  Today a man flew a plane into a Texas federal building in an apparent domestic terrorist attack.  The suicide bomber, identified as Joseph Andrew Stack, was allegedly a right wing extremist who wrote on a website that violence …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
WaPo columnist: That insane pilot sounds kind of like a tea partier, huh?  —  Dedicated to my pal Michael Roston, who thought it was silly of me to cite examples at dKos and DU of people blaming this on tea partiers.  Those are mere partisan echo chambers, after all, and such nonsense is to be expected.
Michelle Malkin:
It's all the Tea Party's fault
Political Punch:
Exclusive: War in Iraq to Be Given New Name  —  ABC News has learned that the Obama administration has decided to give the war in Iraq — currently known as Operation Iraqi Freedom — a new name.  —  The new name: “Operation New Dawn.”  —  In a February 17, 2010, memo to the Commander of Central Command …
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:   War in Iraq will be called ‘Operation New Dawn’ to reflect reduced U.S. role
Erick Stakelbeck / Stakelbeck on Terror:
CBN Exclusive: Five Muslim Soldiers Arrested at Fort Jackson in South Carolina  —  CBN News has learned exclusively that five Muslim soldiers at Fort Jackson in South Carolina were arrested just before Christmas.  It is unclear whether the men are still in custody.
Fox News:
Army Investigates Alleged Attempt by Soldiers to Poison Food at Fort Jackson  —  The U.S. Army is investigating allegations that soldiers were attempting to poison the food supply at Fort Jackson in South Carolina.  —  The ongoing probe began two months ago, Chris Grey …
New York Times:
As Campaign Nears, Paterson Is Seen as Increasingly Remote  —  When a plane crashed outside Buffalo about 10:20 on a Thursday evening last year, killing 50 people, aides to Gov. David A. Paterson of New York could not find him for more than three hours, and it was nearly five hours …
The World Newser:
Stephen Baldwin on Obama: ‘Homey Made His Bed’  —  ABC's Jonathan Karl and Z. Byron Wolf report from Washington D.C.:  —  It is one of the biggest annual gatherings of conservatives in Washington.  The yearly CPAC convention hosts everyone from Sen. Scott Brown to Mitt Romney.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Moderate Voice
New York Times:
In Pakistan Raid, Taliban Chief Was an Extra Prize  —  WASHINGTON — When Pakistani security officers raided a house outside Karachi in late January, they had no idea that they had just made their most important capture in years.  —  American intelligence agencies had intercepted communications …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Whoa: More than a dozen Taliban leaders seized by Pakistan intel
Washington Post:
U.S.-Pakistan cooperation has led to capture of Afghan Taliban insurgents
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
California Death Spiral  —  Health insurance premiums are surging — and conservatives fear that the spectacle will reinvigorate the push for reform.  On the Fox Business Network, a host chided a vice president of WellPoint, which has told California customers to expect huge rate increases …
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs and Clusterstock
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
‘Family Guy’ Voice Actor Says Palin ‘Does Not Have a Sense of Humor’  —  Since it was shown on Sunday, an episode of the Fox animated comedy “Family Guy” has drawn the repeated condemnation of Sarah Palin, the former Republican governor of Alaska and 2008 vice-presidential nominee.
Mitt Romney's Alleged Attacker — Major Rap Star  —  The mystery man who was tossed off an airplane for allegedly attacking Mitt Romney has finally been revealed — it was one of the guys from LMFAO ... and he claims Romney is the one who got physical first!
Daily Mail:
Did Britain know about Mossad hit?  Israeli agent claims MI6 was tipped off  —  MI6 was tipped off that Israeli agents were going to carry out an ‘overseas operation’ using fake British passports, it was claimed last night.  —  A member of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service …
Randy Haddock:
Response to Olbermann: ‘People of color’ at Tea Parties  —  So last night that race-peddlin' buffoon over at MSNBC... wait, that's pretty much everyone on that network.  Let me be more specific.  OK, so, last night Keith Olbermann used his self-parodying Special Comment segment to ask …
Joe Tetreault / TetreaultVision:
Healthcare Protestors Wield Pitchforks, Torches in CT  —  CT News Junkie, which is non partisan, has coverage of a rally outside of the CBIA - Connecticut Business and Industry Association.  —  Menacing marchers threaten civic organization that provides health insurance to small businesses.
Kate Zernike / The Caucus:
CPAC Speaker Bashes Obama, in Racial Tones  —  How can conservatives win the youth vote that overwhelming went for President Obama in 2008?  At the Conservative Political Action Conference, apparently, some are betting on using racially charged language.  —  In a panel appealing …
The Huffington Post:
CPAC Speaker Mocks Obama's Use Of Cocaine (VIDEO)
George Rush / NY Daily News:
CNN legal eagle Jeffrey Toobin in baby mama drama - with daughter of CBS News' Jeff Greenfield  —  Casey Greenfield (l.) leaves Manhattan Family Court after a hearing in her suit against CNN's Jeffrey Toobin (r.)  —  One of the media elite's most whispered-about scandals went public Wednesday …
Discussion: Commentary
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republican Marco Rubio is anti-Crist challenging Florida governor in Senate primary  —  The anti-Crist came to Washington on Thursday.  In the ballroom of the Marriott Wardman Park, they acted as if he were the Messiah.  —  His name: Marco Rubio, the far-right challenger to Florida …
V. Dion Haynes / Washington Post:
In D.C., more evidence that commercial real estate headed for foreclosure crisis  —  A mortgage crisis like the one that has devastated homeowners is enveloping the nation's office and retail buildings, and few places are likely to be hit as hard as Washington.
Discussion: Politics Daily and Calculated Risk
Douglas E. Schoen / Wall Street Journal:
Voters to Democrats: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs  —  Evan Bayh's withdrawal from politics could be a harbinger of doom for the party—but it doesn't have to be.  —  Sen. Evan Bayh's stunning decision to retire should serve as more than a wake-up call to Democrats.  It should spur a fundamental re-examination …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
A primer on political reality  —  The left has a political interest in defining the broad backlash against expanded government as identical to the worst elements of the Tea Party movement — birthers and Birchers, militias and nativists, racists and conspiracy theorists, acolytes of Ron Paul, Tom Tancredo and Lyndon LaRouche.
Discussion: EconLog
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Discussion: Washington Post and Betsy's Page
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
In The Navy  —  “You know in the Navy in the late nineteen hundreds …
Discussion: The New Republic
Dotson Rader / PARADE Magazine:
Elton John: 'There's A Lot Of Hate In The World'
Discussion: Guardian
Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Unveil Extra Homeowner Aid
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
U.S. approves settlement for black farmers
Discussion: Daily Yonder and The Caucus
Dan Fitzpatrick / Wall Street Journal:
Lewis Knew of Legal Decision
Discussion: Clusterstock and FT Alphaville
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Richard Lister / BBC:
Flip-flop diplomat  —  Not too many people meet the president …
Discussion: China Digital Times
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Unions Are Crippling Obama—Exhibit A
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Betsy's Page